Washington, D.C., April 24, 2014- On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that allows police to stop and search a driver based exclusively on an anonymous tip.
In a 5-4 split decision, the court ruled that the reliance on an anonymous call is reasonable due to the fact that “a 911 call has some features that allow for identifying and tracking callers.”
“Drunken driving is a serious matter, but so is the loss of our freedom to come and go as we please without police interference. To prevent and detect murder we do not allow searches without probable cause or targeted Terry stops without reasonable suspicion. We should not do so for drunken driving either. After today’s opinion all of us on the road, and not just drug dealers, are at risk of having our freedom of movement curtailed on suspicion of drunkenness, based upon a phone tip, true or false, of a single instance of careless driving.”
The implications of this ruling will most likely be far reaching. With the current ruling in effect, someone with a vendetta can simply make an anonymous call to 911 and that will be sufficient to pull a person over and search. This ruling is a serious blow to liberty and what was left of the 4th Amendment.
There is no justice or recourse when the Supreme Court is on the side of Injustice and against individual liberty and freedom!
The police now have the authority to search without a warrant based on frivolous Anonymous tips. (Tip that will never be confirmed, known or identified and there is no recourse for malicious intent) The police do not need any more tools of abuse. Look at the brutality, and murders committed by police with impunity!
Why hand them the mother of all tools: Carte blanc access to harass innocent Americans without cause and with impunity.
Warrantless Stops and Searches mean more blacks in jail! Was this the intent of the law and the Supreme Court?
How corrupt, cruel and lacking in humanity is this country?